Tahoe Forest Thinning Project on Hold Due to Frog

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to hold off on a tree-thinning project intended to decrease the wildfire risk at Lake Tahoe in response to a lawsuit raising concern about its effect on an endangered frog species.

The agency had been removing and burning trees and brush on land near Upper Echo Lake that is being considered for designation as critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.

Dennis Murphy, a renowned conservation biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno who filed the lawsuit last year, says the logging threatens the survival of the frog that was listed as an endangered species in April.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that in a stipulation signed by Senior U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. this week, the Forest Service agreed to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning potential impacts to the species.

Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune